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Paraclete. A figure mentioned by Jesus in the gospel of John (chs. 14–16), as coming after his own departure, to be with his disciples. The Gk. word paraklētos may mean ‘comforter’, ‘counsellor’, ‘advocate’, but none of these translations entirely matches the range of functions ascribed to him. He is once identified with the Holy Spirit (14. 26), and it is easy to see why Christian tradition took up this identification. In Islam, the (Arab.) faraqlīt is identified with Muḥammad as the one who was promised (John 16. 7).

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Paraclete title of the Holy Ghost. XV. — (O)F. paraclet — ChrL. paraclētus — Gr. paráklētos advocate, intercessor f. parakalein call to one's aid, f. PARA-1 + kalein call. Paráklētos was assoc. by the Gr. Fathers with the Hellenistic sense ‘console, comfort’ (cf. paraklḗtōr comforter).

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Paraclete (in Christian theology) the Holy Spirit as advocate or counsellor (John 14:26, ‘the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost’). The name comes via late Latin from Greek paraklētos ‘called in aid’.

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Paraclete (pâr´əklēt), in the New Testament, title of the Holy Spirit, often translated as "Comforter" or "Advocate." In First John, Jesus himself is the "Paraclete."

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